Pastor Jim Carlson joined the staff of First Baptist Church as the Senior Pastor in June of 2013. An Illinois native, he has served for more than twenty years as the pastor of American Baptist Churches in California, New York, and Wisconsin. He holds a PhD specializing in New Testament from Marquette University and a Doctor of Ministry specializing in cross cultural ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is married to his wife Michelle, a massage therapist who is originally from Ohio. They have a teenage daughter named Emma. Jim enjoys computers, riding motorcycles, and playing keyboard in rock bands.